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Old 12-28-2009, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A group of us are heading to winter park next week. I have rode vail, keystone, breck, and a basin quite a bit, but have never been to winter park. So i don't know what exactly to expect. I am a freerider trees, steeps, and jumps no park. We are staying in fraser. Some of the guys want to take a day to go to copper and i was wondering if it was worth it, and how long it would take to drive there. I have never been to copper so don't know whether it would be a wast of time or not.
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Some of the best tree riding in the state at Winterpark. Especially on the Mary Jane side. Copper is a decent enough of a mountain too and can be fun. Especially if you are tiring of Winterpark.

Here's the problem with Colorado right now. We are about 10ft behind on our annual snow fall. I expect us to catch up on that at some point (probably next month) and expect a good spring. Regardless terrain that is open is limited and the trees are not going to be very good. Winterpark will probably have the best conditions for tree riding right now, but that isn't saying much. There is not even a four foot base yet. The storms coming through don't look like they pack enough of a punch to change that either. Generally speaking, Winterpark (and the other resorts, Vail, Copper, Breck etc...) need around a 50" base to have good tree riding. Most places are sitting at around 32" for a mid mountain base.

So is Copper worth the journey? Maybe. Considering that the amount of terrain open right now is limited, it might be a good thing to change up the scene. If you get lucky and the snow machine is putting down the white gold, you might just want to stay at Winterpark. Stuff will open quickly if it starts snowing consistently and the getting will be very good at that point.
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